Machine Co-Creativity & Augmented Design: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jan 12, 2021 3:15:05 PM

Artificial intelligence has paved the way for many breakthroughs and time-solving solutions in the modern working environment. Instead of analyzing thousands of data entries for an overarching pattern, AI can synthesize and organize that data into a coherent picture and adjust system processes to run more efficiently. But artificial intelligence’s capabilities don’t stop with purely technical feats. Below, we’ll explore the concepts of machine co-creativity and augmented design and discuss how artificial intelligence can influence your business in more creative ways, hopefully saving you time and money in the process.

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3D and 4D Printing & Additive Manufacturing: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jan 8, 2021 2:00:00 PM

The burgeoning technology of 3D printing has taken the industry and popular culture by storm. For instance, a story recently surfaced that a high school student from San Diego utilized 3D printing to make face shields to protect healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is just a small example of the power of 3D printing. But how can 3D printing impact your organization and improve the efficiency of the manufacturing process? Below, we’ll discuss the basics of 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) and how businesses are leveraging this growing technology to benefit their organization’s bottom line.

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Digital Twins: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Dec 16, 2020 2:29:51 PM

Manufacturing is a complex, intricate process with dozens of moving parts. Should an error occur, your business is liable to incur massive losses. Fortunately, with the rise of IIoT and burgeoning technologies, potential errors and/or system failures are being quelled before they become disastrous. Below we’ll walk you through the concept of digital twins, a technology that facilitates preventative testing, and the benefits it can offer your business in the long run.

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Topics: IoT, Sensors

Autonomous Vehicles: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Dec 8, 2020 3:06:04 PM

Technology has always strived to make life better and easier for the general population. Whether it’s air conditioning keeping you cool on a warm summer day or a cell phone streamlining communication and interaction with the world, technology’s goal has remained unchanged. An emerging example of technology’s ability to simplify the world around us is in autonomous vehicles. Below we’ll walk through the basics of autonomous vehicles, the advantages they provide, and how your business can possibly leverage them in the future to enhance productivity.

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Topics: productivity

Robots & Cobots: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Dec 2, 2020 12:45:36 PM

As automation in general continues to proliferate in factory environments, so too does the role of robots and cobots. Now an integral part of nearly every manufacturing process, robots and cobots work together to overcome production hurdles and ultimately streamline productivity. But what are the distinctions between robots and cobots and how can they specifically work to help your business thrive? Below, we’ll break down how robots and cobots work to improve your production process thus saving you time and money.

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Topics: robotics

Quantum Computing: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Nov 24, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Modern computing power has given businesses the ability to analyze vast data sets quickly and make changes to system processes based on various outputs. However, as technology continues to advance, computing power grows exponentially more powerful. Quantum computing is the next step in the evolution of computing power, offering the capability to solve seemingly impossible problems unimaginably fast. Below, we’ll break down the basics of quantum computing and discuss how organizations can utilize it in the future to improve factory efficiency and performance.

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Computer Vision & Facial Recognition: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Nov 17, 2020 2:46:26 PM

New innovative technology is continuously enhancing day-to-day life. Whether it’s a virtual assistant AI like the Amazon Alexa helping you keep track of your busy schedule or automated alerts notifying you of pertinent information, this new technology makes life easier. The same can be said for the growing fields of computer vision and facial recognition, which offer new, nuanced solutions to commonplace problems. Below, we’ll break down the distinctions between these two phenomena, discuss the advantages they provide a modern factory environment and explore how you can leverage them to help your business.

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Cloud and Edge Computing: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Nov 6, 2020 11:42:25 AM

With the dawn of IIoT and the introduction of smart technology used for tracking and logging copious amounts of data and information, data access and storage are becoming an even more critical component to modern factory applications. Cloud computing and edge computing serve as the primary tools utilized by factories to access, store, and process data. Below, we’ll break down the distinctions between cloud and edge computing and discuss how they both are shaping the modern factory environment for the better.

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Topics: IoT

Robotic Process Automation: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Oct 28, 2020 12:04:30 PM

Automation has streamlined the modern manufacturing process. Instead of spending hours manually assembling materials, specialized machines now have the ability to quickly and precisely construct products within minutes. This idea can be translated into the concept of virtual automation as well. Because of this, robotic process automation is a key component of almost every modern factory. Below, we’ll explore the basics of robotic process automation and delve into how this specific variant of automation can benefit your organization in the long run.

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Topics: automation, robotics

Using a Siemens HMI with a non-Siemens PLC

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 29, 2020 1:20:04 PM

The Basics

A Human-Machine-Interface (HMI) is a user interface or dashboard that connects a person to a machine, device, or system. In industrial settings, HMIs can be used for a multitude of tasks including visually displaying data, tracking production time and trends, monitoring machine inputs and outputs, and much more. As industrial automation becomes increasingly digitized, HMIs have grown more and more essential to understand and interact with systems and various processes. However, there are certain roadblocks users may encounter when attempting to configure an HMI to a PLC should both products not be from the same manufacturer. Below, we’ll walk through the process of setting up and using a Siemens HMI with a non-Siemens PLC and discuss the advantages that an HMI can provide to your business.

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Topics: PLCs, HMI

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